“No Frills Accommodation... but with a pool.”
A lot of negative press has been piled on the Masters Inn, Tuscaloosa for issues and experiences that I, personally never encountered in my two-night stay. Granted I was there during an Alabama Crimson Tide college football weekend (to see the game) so there were ample football fans like myself to perhaps buff out the usual crowd that resides here in weekly-rate stay packages. Nevertheless, for the rate they charge (which I didn't get cuz Hotels.com ripped me off - see below) this no frills motel is just fine.
The Masters Inn is an old road side, no frills motel on the main Tuscaloosa strip. So lets look at some bullets.
- Bathroom was clean.
- Hot water came instantly, and shower head had a strong jet to it.
- The air conditioner cooling kicked it instantly... and a good thing cuz it was muggy outside.
- Bed comforter attractive, bed sheets crisp & clean, and 3 pillows.
- Room rug pretty clean considering the age and use this place gets.
- Front desk girls were very friendly and chatty. The manager also very polite and friendly.
- Any problem (see MINOR ISSUES) was fixed promptly.
- The outdoor pool is big, clean, and I was the only one using it. Open til 9pm.
- Location close to Waffle House, Popeyes chicken, McDonalds, etc.
- No shampoo. Only two bars of soap for the shower.
- No coffee maker. Not that anyone would ever drink motel room coffee, but such makers do boil hot water that one could use with Starbucks Instant coffee pouches (if one brings them)
- TV channel offering limited to 25 basic cable stations.
- TV had snowy reception - like a cable was not screwed tight enough. May just have been my room though.
- Room did smell its age a bit as smokers probably don't care abut the non-smoking sign. But Jesus... it's a roadside motel on the Tuscaloosa strip. What do you expect. Deal with it or don't stay here.
- Sink backed up cuz some idiot put a cigarette butt down the sink. The maintenance lady fixed it promptly though.
- Breakfast offering is terrible coffee (all the more reason you need a room coffee maker and your own instant java), sugar cake donuts (??), and a selection of raisin bread, bagels, bread, and English muffins next to a toaster. A couple jelly spreads and margarine condiments were provided. Thank God for the Waffle House across the street. LOL.
Overall, I had no problem staying at the Masters Inn and would do so again if the Super 8 hotel down the street was booked up again. (See my Super 8 review).
FINALLY.. very important. HOTELS.COM ripped me off on this booking, charging me nearly triple the rate that was given to people who just showed up spontaneously while I was checking in. Rule of thumb... book with the hotel/motel directly.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.